Show Me the Money - YFN Employees Demand Payment

By Maureen Mespell
By Megan Trent

October 15, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Former employees of the Fort Wayne group home Your Friends and Neighbors held a rally today, demanding their paychecks.

For many former employees, this is their second missed paycheck. That means before Your Friends and Neighbors abruptly closed Tuesday, some employees claim they worked more than a month for free due to a delayed pay schedule.

Last pay period, some employees claimed their paychecks had bounced. Then Tuesday, YFN suddenly closed. Nearly 180 disabled individuals were moved to new facilities overnight. Since then the rush to move the clients and the way in which it has been done has drawn criticism. YFN officials say they couldn't afford to operate after the state cut medicaid funding.

Friday was pay day once again, and around fifty former employees stood outside company headquarters demanding what they say is rightfully theirs.

Diane Ross worked for YFN for more than 8 years. "There are no direct deposits. There is no one in the building. There's no one here to talk to us. There's no one to tell us what's going on, why we're not being paid. If State was funding this, if State is funding this, then State needs to pay us. We worked. We need to get paid. We are entitled to get paid."

Jennifer Falk stood outside of YFN holding her 20 month old daughter. She said, "I am a single mother raising my daughter by myself, so I live paycheck to paycheck. I was depending on this paycheck to pay bills and to get necessities for her. I was just kind of hoping, praying, that maybe they would be here."

Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne accepted more than 100 YFN clients and say they'd like to hire many former YFN care givers as well.




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